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Old 07-06-2009, 01:39 AM   #1
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* Study follows 20,000 beer drinkers
* Weight doesn't gather in beer-gut region
* Heaviest drinkers put on more weight

BEER-LOVERS can drink as much as they like without having to fear developing a beer-belly, according to new research.

The UK's Daily Mail broke the welcome news to British beer-lovers yesterday, claiming that scientists have proven a beer-belly is purely the result of genetics.

An eight-year study of more than 20,000 beer drinkers - 7876 men and 12,749 women - found that while heavy drinkers will put on weight, it won't necessarily be around the beer belly region.

The heaviest drinkers - those who drank more than a litre a day - put on the most weight.

But when the researchers then measured hip-to-waist ratios to establish which drinkers developed a pot belly, the results were randomly spread across all drinking groups.
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Translation: it's not the beer.

The study was published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Study finds beer not linked to beer belly | World News | News.com.au



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Old 07-07-2009, 05:04 PM   #2
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Yeah right. And beans don't make you fart.

 
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Old 07-07-2009, 05:12 PM   #3
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It's always the effing genetics with fat people. Caloric intake makes you gain weight and the vast majority of people are going to gain weight in their midsection. Considering how many calories are in beer, and how many people will drink in a sitting, while probably already consuming more than they should with their meals throughout the day, you are going to get fat in the belly. This is going to be true for the vast majority of people regardless of this "study".

 
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Old 07-07-2009, 05:19 PM   #4
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You guys are missing the point of the study. It's not saying drinking doesn't make you gain weight, it's simply saying that drinking beer doesn't actually give you a beer belly. When you drink in excess and it causes you to gain weight, you're going to put the weight on wherever your body normally would, which is dictated by your genes. The article isn't saying people are fat because of their genes, just that the genes dictate where the fat goes when you gain it. I'm not really sure that merited such a large study to be done, but at least it should be pretty irrefutable.
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Old 07-07-2009, 05:32 PM   #5
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calories are calories.

 
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Old 07-07-2009, 05:41 PM   #6
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calories are calories.
but Calories are not calories!
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Old 07-07-2009, 05:52 PM   #7
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What about liquid weight? When I get bloated, I have a beer belly. And I get bloated from beer. Especially when it's highly carbonated (which I like.)
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Old 07-07-2009, 06:05 PM   #8
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"7876 men and 12,749 women"almost 4 thousand more woman than men. Men tend to carry their weight in the mid section whereas woman on the other hand carry it in their thighs and hips . Now take 10k all men and give them lots a of beer everyday and you will have 10k fat guys with beer belly's.


Just go to the beach and you will see lots of guys with chicken legs and huge bellies... Not so much the woman .
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springer, I think with an n = 7876, you have a pretty good sample of a population, unless you only took blond haired, blue eyed, white males. Then the results are skewed/biased. Men might just be more likely to put weight on in their midsection than women, but I have seen many a woman with a definite gut going on. Maybe you just think all the chicks with guts near you are pregnant? :P

DeathBrewer, bloating and being fat aren't the same. Also, liquid weight does count because you pee a lot of it out. I would hope they controlled for time of day that the weights were taken (which is best to do right after waking up).
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So we should call it the "beer bloat" instead of saying we have a "beer belly"?
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